MDC Alliance official official Jeffryson Chitando has said war veterans leader Victor Matemadanda’s liberation struggle credentials are questionable because of his “reckless utterances.”
In the statement below Chitando responds to Matemadanda’ claims that Dzikamai Mavhaire’s is a political liability.
Victor Matemadanda must be reminded that the liberation struggle was fought by armed vanamukoma, vasungwa, mujibha, chimbwidos and ordinary citizens.
Matemadanda should be reminded that some of those vanamukoma came back to independent Zimbabwe without having shot a single enemy or the enemy's dog. Those vocal war veterans like Matemadanda were the worst cowards.
Matemadanda must be reminded that the freedom fighters (Vanamukoma) never brought food and clothes from Mozambique or Zambia but the people of Zimbabwe provided such items to the freedom fighters.
Such shallow minded war veterans like Matemadanda were busy abusing young women. Zimbabweans should doubt the liberation credentials of people like Matemadanda.
True war veterans understand that the war for liberation wasn’t going to be successful without other units, namely Chimbwidos and mujibhas.
Matemadanda must seriously explain his war credentials. If he was a true freedom fighter he must have appreciated the roles played by various groups to fight the enemy.
For Matemadanda to label Dzikamai Mavhaire a herdboy is irresponsible.
The people of Masvingo understand the role played by Dzikamai Mavhaire during the liberation struggle. The recruitment of thousands of young people to join the liberation struggle, clothing of war veterans, logistics,organising and medical supplies to freedom fighters were some of contributions made by Dzikamai Mavhaire in Masvingo.
— Zimbabwe Eye